Facing Anxiety before Your Job Interview

It’s your first Job Interview tomorrow. The interview is for one of the many jobs you’ve applied for in the past month after graduation. After receiving the good news, your hands start to grow numb. You’re starting to feel butterflies in your stomach. It’s not a very good feeling. You wanted this job so much, and now that you have a chance to be interviewed for it you feel that you might just not be ready enough to handle the responsibility. Perspiration starts to slide down your face. This odd feeling leave you thinking if you did the right thing applying for the job.

The next day, a few hours before your first interview, you feel like backing out. It seems that the pressure is just too much for you to take right now. But then you realize that you really must push through with the interview lest you become jobless all your life. So you muster all your strength, and take the interview. A few days later you receive a response from your employer that you are hired, and perfect for your job. You inhale and exhale a few times, knowing that you’ve passed a big test, one that will certainly define your career.

Now looking back it seems that the challenge was not that hard at all. It was all just in your mind. And it leaves you asking what could have caused that undesirable feeling of self-doubt and panic.

What you got into my friend was a strong bout of Anxiety. Yes, Anxiety can be a very potent force in keeping even the most determined individuals from taking a step forward. Anxiety can leave you mentally paralyzed from making reasoned judgments for fear of failure or rejection, or for a variety of reasons.

There are several ways to combat anxiety. The first step is to recognize and accept that you have anxiety problems. You can then approach the problem by realizing what situations can give you anxiety. You then work on those issues and try to determine a good scenario to solve them, or a good way to calm your mind before making any decisions on them. Anxiety attacks usually come when there is overpowering pressure being applied on someone. To face this pressure you must try to think logically, and do not tell yourself that there’s no use of trying or that you will fail without even trying in the first place. Give yourself some breathing exercises or count one to ten before going over any decision. During anxiety attacks you will certainly make rash decisions which might be detrimental or can even cause you more pressure. What you want to achieve at this point, is the capacity to still think logically amidst the situation, to be able to sort out a better solution to the problem.

If the anxiety still persists, a calming walk, a cup of tea or even light music can give you some distractions to help you steer away your mind temporarily. After which you can come back with a clear head to deal with things.

And if the anxiety still continues, amidst all your caution and proper response to it, you may seek medical advice.

Salary Negotiation – Negotiating Salary In An Interview

Getting selected in a job interview is only half the job done; the other half is salary negotiation. When negotiating a salary, timing is important. Asking the salary amount right in the first instance would be imprudent. It is important to get the job offer or reach the final interview first before negotiating the salary. This article gives some tips on salary negotiation, helping you in negotiating your salary with a prospective employer.

There are many different situations that one would face regarding the salary that he or she is offered depending on the type of job and the type of organization. In some jobs there may not be any room for negotiations, you simply have to accept or reject what is offered. If you don’t like what is offered, you have to look for another job.

Looking from an employer’s perspective, if you have fixed X amount as the salary for a particular job and if somebody is willing to work for X-Y amount, you would have saved Y amount for the company. Hence you may initially offer X-Y amount to see if the prospective employee accepts it and give yourself room for negotiation if required. Remembering this strategy, when the employer asks your last pay drawn, you must disclose the true amount and also explain why you are worth more like you were responsible for increase in sales by Z% or you have saved Z amount for the company and so on.

If in an interview you are offered X amount as salary and asked for your opinion, there are some options for you:

1) You can remain silent in which case the employer may think that you feel it is too low and might raise the offer

2) Explain to them the last salary that you were drawing and that you expect a raise by Y amount and the reasons for the same. The Y amount should be a few thousand dollars more than what you are willing to settle; this would give you room to negotiate in case the employer wants to bring it down

3) Accept the offer on the condition you expect the salary to be revised after a few months on the basis of your performance. This offer is most likely to be accepted by the employer but you are taking a risk in that you should demonstrate tangible benefits to the employer within the agreed time.

Depending on the position you may also ask for a share of the profit or benefit that has accrued to the company because of your efforts. Like if you are in sales department, a share of the X% increase in sales that you have brought to the company or if it is production department, a share of the X amount of saving because of your efforts etc.

Whatever be the case, it is important to negotiate your salary at the time of interview or later in order to get what you are worth.